For some people, they identify their talents early in life and Mohammed Blakk is one of those people. Even at a young age; when he was in Primary school, he used to print his friends’ names behind shirts as their Football jerseys making their team always stand out.
After studying Visual Art in Ashaiman Senior High School, Mohammed Blakk would have given his all to be able to study Graphic Designing but due to financial constraints, he had to drop out of IPMC after a few months of enrollment.
Life was quite tough for him since he had to start selling some African inspired T-shirts to survive and in as much as he didn’t make much out of it, he kept pushing himself to be better because of the passion he has for everything that is Art. He sold some of the T-shirts on Social Media and Google Trader.
For 4 whole years, Mohammed has been struggling on his own trying to keep his head above water in the fashion industry and trying to make a statement for himself and other Afrocentric people like him.
In the beginning, to him, Ghanaians did not really understand the type of style he was portraying. Yes, it was intriguing to see him dressed up a certain way at events but would they pay him for an art installation? No. But now, people are copying his style while claiming to be “woke”.
Currently, he is slowly getting recognised in the Ghanaian circles but is making leaps outside Ghana.
He has also done art installations for Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Detty Rave 2019 and Afrochella 2018.
Mohammed stays motivated to read more about Africa and its culture because a lot of Africans and African Americans, do not know their roots. We know some of the popular heroes like Kwame Nkrumah but there are still others that did not make it into the Textbooks and Storybooks we’ve read but their names need to be known as well.
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